Governor opens Illinois State Fair
and first lady's tents open
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[August 10, 2007]
SPRINGFIELD -- Keeping up with
Illinois State Fair tradition, Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich, along with
first lady Patricia Blagojevich, cut the ribbon at the Main Gate of
the state fairgrounds on Friday to officially open the 10-day event.
The 155th Illinois State Fair runs through Aug. 19. The theme of
this year's Illinois State Fair is "Celebrate and Educate."
"The Illinois State Fair is a summertime tradition that my family
and I look forward to every year," Blagojevich said. "With top-notch
entertainment, fantastic food and fun rides, the fair has something
for everyone in the family to enjoy."
The governor's tent is located near the main entrance of the
fairgrounds, on the corner of Main Street and Brian Raney Avenue,
and it highlights many of the administration's initiatives and
accomplishments in health care, economic development and public
safety. Displays highlight the health care programs currently
available through the state, the ways Illinois is tackling global
warming, prescription drug programs available to seniors, the $1
billion FutureGen clean coal-to-energy project, and feature films
that have been brought to Illinois.
The first lady's tent focuses on women's and children's health
through a variety of interactive and informational displays. In the
tent, visitors can find information on ICHIP, a state program that
provides a benefit similar to insurance for Illinois residents who
qualify. In addition, members of the Y-ME National Breast Cancer
Organization will offer information on their free services for
breast cancer patients, and the Illinois Department of
Transportation will provide blood pressure screenings and offer
information about child safety seats.
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The first lady's tent also features interactive and informational
activities provided by the DuPage Children's Museum, Kohl's
Children's Museum of Glenview, the Chicago Children's Museum and the
Discovery Center Museum in Rockford, including a small plane painted
to appear like a giant fish that children are able to climb into.
And, Prevent Blindness America will provide information on common
childhood vision disorders and the four major adult aging eye
The governor's and first lady's tents are open daily from 10 a.m.
to 7 p.m.
[Text from file received from
Illinois Office of
Communication and Information]